One Less Hour – Sometimes it’s a good thing!

Hello fellow RUWMI activists!

We turned our clocks forward and felt the loss of that hour of sleep.  We can take some small measure of consolation in the fact that it also means we have one less hour of the Trump presidency.

RUWMI Announcements

Coming soon!  Check your email (and our Facebook) for two events that RUWMI is working on later this month.

The first will be our first meeting as we team up with Swing Left to help strengthen their presence in the Pioneer Valley as we work on the 2019-2020 election cycle. 

The second will be another Town Hall for Constituents of Richie Neal on March 23 at the Berkshire Museum.  Our hill town friends showed their support for us in Holyoke so let’s do the same for them! Mark your calendars, more details coming soon.

Action Items

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – Have you wanted to participate in a Lobby day for a cause you are passionate about? Do you want to learn how to more effectively talk about those issues? Here is a great opportunity from the ACLU of MA.  They are holding a Grassroots Lobbying 101 Webinar, tomorrow, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.  On this webinar you will learn the basics of the Massachusetts Legislature, how to talk about the issues, and tips for an effective lobby visit. Meeting with your legislator is the next step in advocating for crucial legislation that will protect the civil rights and civil liberties of Massachusetts residents.  So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to join the webinar by registering using this link..  If you can’t attend then please share this information with someone else who might be interested in getting more involved in state-level lobbying.  
  • Share your EITC and Child Tax Credit story with MomsRising – We want to hear from you! Tell us about how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit lifts up your family. Leaders in the U.S. Congress are drafting tax policies that could make major improvements to the EITC and Child Tax Credit, boosting millions of families. Your experiences, along with the stories from other families across the nation, will help remind our leaders that we need policies that work for our families and not just mega-corporations. Tell us how the EITC and Child Tax Credit make a difference for you and your family throughout the year using this link.
  • Send Thanks to Jane Mayer – From: Indivisible MA. Jane Mayer, in an article in the New Yorker, exposes how Fox News has become something that we have never experienced in the United States before – a state TV channel.  Let’s share the story with others and thank Ms. Mayer for her tireless work: The New Yorker, 1 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10007
  • Watch and Share this – From: Indivisible. In celebration of being T-minus 1 year out from Super Tuesday, please watch and share our latest videos on the primary process. We’re encouraging Indivisibles everywhere to start the conversation about how primaries change what’s politically possible, and how we can push the eventual nominee to run a bold, race-forward, courageous campaign rooted in a powerful connection and commitment to the grassroots.
  • – The ACLU of MA is holding a Grassroots Lobbying 101 Webinar (Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.).  On this webinar you will learn the basics of the Massachusetts Legislature, how to talk about the issues, and tips for an effective lobby visit. Meeting with your legislator is the next step in advocating for crucial legislation that will protect the civil rights and civil liberties of Massachusetts residents.  To join the webinar and take a good first step in learning how register here.
  • Save the Butterfly Sanctuary at the Border – From: Indivisible MA. The National Butterfly Center in Texas is fighting Trump’s border wall as it will destroy the sanctuary. They are getting hate mail for their resistance. Let’s counter that hate mail with messages of support for this national treasure. You can contact the Butterfly Center here.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

  • Impeachment Town Hall in Springfield with Tom Steyer – Wednesday March 13, 6:15-8:00 PM, Chez Joseph, 176 Shoemaker Ln, Agawam. Will you join Tom Steyer on Wednesday, March 13th, for an impeachment town hall in Springfield? Congressman Richard Neal is chair of the Ways and Means Committee –– which means he has the power to investigate the president and obtain Trump’s tax returns. We’ll discuss how both constituents and neighbors can raise our voices and urge Rep. Neal to investigate our lawless president. The event is free, but space is limited! Please RSVP here to reserve your space: You can view the event on Facebook here for more information.
  • Confronting Our Past: The Role of Memorials and Memorialization – Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-9:00PM, Edwards Church of Northampton, 297 Main St, Northampton. Public monuments and memorials reflect the values and attitudes of communities that build them, and shape the way societies choose to remember particular moments in their history. How should a country memorialize aspects of its past that are shameful and regrettable? What should be done with public symbols of slavery? What lessons can we draw from other countries that have addressed injustices of the past through memorializations that heal? Please join us for an in-depth discussion on the role of memorials in confronting America’s legacy of slavery and its potential for inter-communal healing with Professor James Young (UMass, Amherst) and others. View event details here.
  • LDTC March Meeting: The Green New Deal – Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-8:30PM, Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd, Longmeadow. Join the Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee for our March meeting where we will discuss the #GreenNewDeal, a package of legislation aimed at creating jobs and reducing pollution and transitioning from a fossil fuel based economy to a renewable energy based one. Click here for more information. We will be joined by Melissa Olesen, Regional Director for Central and Western Massachusetts in the office of United States Senator Edward J. Markey, the Senate sponsor of this legislation.
  • Joint Hearing on Housing – Thursday, March 14, 5:30 – 8:30PM, Rebecca M Johnson School, 55 Catherine St, Springfield. Please join Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst, Councilor Jesse L. Lederman, and Adam Gomez, Ward 1 Springfield City Councilor for this important joint hearing with the City Council’s Economic Development and Health & Human Services Committees to consider ways to strengthen neighborhoods, reduce blight and help meet housing needs for residents citywide. We’re going to be hearing from city department heads, neighborhood and community organizations, state officials, state organizations, housing experts and residents.  View event details here.
  • WSDC Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, March 19, 7:00PM – 8:15PM, West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St, West Springfield. Join the West Springfield Democratic Committee Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm in the West Springfield Public Library Rotary Conference Room. Our speakers will be School Committee members, rescheduled from our February meeting. We will discuss issues facing West Springfield Public Schools. All are welcome. View event details here.
  • Tarana Burke – Wednesday, March 20, 7:00-10:00PM, Smith College, 10 Elm St, Northampton. Tarana Burke—social justice activist and founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement—will give a talk at Smith College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in John M. Greene Hall. The event—which marks the dedication of Smith’s Wurtele Center for Leadership—is open to the public at no charge. No tickets are required. Burke’s talk will take place in John M. Greene Hall, which seats approximately 2,000 people. Doors will open to current Smith and Five College students, faculty and staff at 6:20 p.m. Smith alumnae and members of the general public will be admitted at 6:40 p.m. View event details here.
  • Chicopee Area Fund Our Future Community Forum – Thursday, March 21, 5:30 – 7:00PM, Chicopee High School, 820 Front St, Chicopee. All students deserve a great public education. We’re proud of the public schools and colleges in our communities, but we could do even more for our students if the state provided us with adequate funding. Fund Our Future legislation would increase funding for public education, from prekindergarten through college. Join a community conversation about what we can do together to make sure the Legislature approves more funding for public schools and colleges. View the event on Facebook here.
  • Speak up! Speak Out! – Saturday, March 23, 2:00 – 4:00PM, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street, Second floor, Springfield. Springfield Medicare for All, a Hub of Western Mass. Medicare for All (www.wmMedicareforall.org), invites you to join with others in the greater Springfield community to speak out about your health care concerns. We have invited elected officials to listen to what their constituents have to say. Later we’ll ask our state legislators to meet with local delegations about action steps to improve health care in our community and to strengthen the statewide campaign for Medicare for All in Massachusetts. Please come to listen, to raise your own voice, and to support others who speak out!  View the event details here.
  • Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group – Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 PM, Longmeadow High School Auditorium, 20 Williams Street, Longmeadow. Join us for a public hearing by the FERC. Please come and bring neighbors.  For more information, view the event on Facebook here.
  • Medicare for All Phonebank – Tuesday, March 26, 5:00– 8:00PM, 125 Casino Ave, Chicopee. Join us to phone bank and talk to voters about Medicare for All! We’ll talk to residents about Medicare for All, ask for their support, and ask them to call their Representative. Please be sure to bring a laptop/tablet, your cell phone and charger to make calls with! This phone bank is one of hundreds of events that are happening across the country as activists come together to win Medicare for All. View event details here.
  • To get the most up to date list of events, go to Rise Up Western Mass’s event calendar here.  Also bookmark the  National Resistance Calendar for additional events. Also, to be “in the know” about what Indivisible groups are doing across Massachusetts, sign up for the MA ACTION newsletter by sending an email to: news@indivisible-ma.org.

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